An entire family is mourning the loss of three young girls who were killed by a drunk driver in Idaho. A man who was allegedly twice the legal limit to drive rear-ended a stopped vehicle, taking the lives of three small children.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the tragic incident occurred early Saturday morning on Highway 20 at milepost 173, just east of Hot Springs Landing. The family was on their way back from a small vacation when they were rear-ended at a temporary stoplight by a drunk driver in Idaho.
Standing by for Mathew Park’s arraignment in Blaine County. He is set to appear in court via video. Set for 1:30pm. This is the scene of the crash today, about 20 minutes from the courthouse. pic.twitter.com/YiwchT8pEd
— Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) August 12, 2019
The children were riding in the backseat of the car while their father Somchai Lurak, 26, of Mountain Home, drove a blue 2000 Dodge Neon with his fiancé Emma Weigand in the front seat. Matthew Richard Park, 46, of Fairfield, was driving a white Dodge pickup truck when he struck the back of the Dodge Neon.
“From the investigation, deputies determined Lurak and his passengers were traveling westbound on (Highway) 20 and were stopped at the construction site. Park was also traveling westbound on HWY 20 and collided with the rear of the Dodge Neon in the westbound lane,” according to the sheriff’s news release.
Their youngest daughter, who was only three years old, passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. Her sisters, age 5 and 6, died at the scene of the accident.
Lurak was flown to a nearby hospital and is currently in critical condition. Weigand was taken by ground transportation to St. Luke’s in Ketchum but was later transferred to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Park did not suffer any injuries from the accident. He was given multiple sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to Blaine County Detention Center.
Emma and Somchai are set to get married in 2020 and Emma was planning to legally adopt the girls shortly after.
While they continue to mourn the loss of their young children, the family can only hope that other drivers learn from this tragedy and choose to never drink and drive. The family has also started a Go Fund Me page to help pay for medical and funeral expenses for the children.
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